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Poem of the Day: Summer Magic

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Thinking about my sequel to Wake-Robin Ridge has me remembering how much I loved the idea of a little ten-year old boy who grew up camping in the mountains with his dad, every summer. The first part of my chapbook, Summer Magic, is called Mac At Ten, and celebrates those years of innocent childhood, as he learned to love those mountains with all his heart. Here’s one of those poems.

Summer Magic

Crawling quietly from his tent,
His dad still lost in slumber within,
He sits down alone on the granite slab,
Coltish legs drawn up to his chin,
And arms wrapped around skinny knees.
He gazes toward the pale horizon,
Watching the sleeping valley below.
With breath held in anticipation,
He waits for the magic
He knows will come.

There! A thin curve of molten red!
A far away sliver of fiery light
Breaks the horizon.
Rising slowly,
It bathes the tops of the rolling hills
In a brilliant spill of gold.
Mother-of-pearl dawn
Gives way to butter yellow
Morning light.

In front of his wide, blue eyes,
The world awakens.
Magic arrives and
Day is born,
Again.
He smiles to himself and wraps
His arms more tightly
Around his knees,
Shivering in private delight, and
Holding the beauty
Close within,
Having already learned
Some magic is
Secret.

  – Marcia Meara –

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

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4 thoughts on “Poem of the Day: Summer Magic

  1. Marcia, I love the picture you chose as well as the poem.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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    • Hi, Wendy! High praise coming from such a gifted poet as yourself. Thanks so much! That picture is my idea of heaven on earth. I love those mountains so much, there are days I can’t understand why I’m living in Florida. I guess it’s because my husband lives here and doesn’t want to leave his job. But if I could pick and choose…I’d be right there on that rock beside young Mac, watching that sunrise every morning. 🙂 Nice to see you!

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  2. The picture and poem are perfect – I can see Mac there with his dad.

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  3. Thanks, Patty. That’s just how I see the view spread out in front of young Mac. I always want to sit down beside him, though since he’s keeping this moment special and to himself, I will let him be. Even in my imagination. 🙂

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